Critic & User Reviews
posted by ThaSquare (ROSEVILLE, CA) Nov 1, 2008
Member since May 2007
9 out of 9 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
There are plenty of ways to become worth your weight. You’ll fetch a lofty sum by freeing individual towns of their loitering leviathan. Kill the beasts that inhabit the cities and you’ll be voted into office posthaste. You can then collect taxes from its citizens and invest in the city itself to reap even more dough. Once the town reaches level three, it will begin producing valuable items which you can send to the king to win his favor. You can also fight other players to jack their stash, rob stores to put a few bills in your bank account, and kiss some serious butt to gain a the king's favor.
There are also quite a staggering number of classes to choose as you embark upon your quest. 24 roles await your unlocking and each carries with it new abilities and perks. You first start the game with only three jobs (or classes, if you will) - Magician, Thief, and Warrior. By mastering these, you'll unearth more jobs to choose from.
Even without online, Dokapon Kingdom is a very fun experience. When it's played with friends, it only gets better. There is a ton of stuff to do and see in this sleeper hit. I've spent over 15 hours in the game already and I don't think I'm anywhere near the end of this game. There are dozens of towns to recapture, spells to cast, items to use, hidden paths to find, missions to accomplish, and jobs to master. This is the type of game we need to see more of.
I rarely use the word perfect...
posted by Vignirsson (SANTA CRUZ, CA) Oct 18, 2008
Member since Nov 2005
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
The game play is simple enough, it is a board game that uses RPG elements to drive it. You pick from three classes (Warrior, Mage and Thief) and move along the board via a spinner.
The best part of this game is the ability to really screw over your friends. This is a great little party game, though it isn't in the vein of Mario Party or any other repetitive party game out there. This is more for getting the friends together before an event or just to get together to play this game.
Battles are pretty straight forward, four options from the offensive and defensive stand point, you pick an option and hope the other doesn't do something that counters it. Battles can take one turn or if they are stubborn, maybe a few turns.
You can capture towns and use them to generate revenue for your coffers. You can use the revenue to improve your towns so you can get more money and you can see where this spiral keeps going.
Graphics are decent, this game was released for the PS2 originally so they are on par with that level. Don't expect mind blowing graphics or detailed voice overs.
The only minor flaw is playing the story mode against the computer opponent. It will really feel like it is getting a leg up on you often because... it really is! You must play this game with friends to get the full benefit!
All in all, this is one of those little gems for the Wii that no one will notice, much like other games like Zack & Wiki. A fun game all around and very time consuming. You will find yourself constantly saying "one more turn" more often than not!
A "Kingdom" made for more than one player
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Oct 21, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
In this game, you go about a Mario Party type board, beating up monsters, saving towns from more monsters and keeping a lid on your opponent(s).
Almost every space has you fight off monsters of many types in the same way as in Final Fantasy; you take turns being the attacker or defender. You select your attack/defense using the Control Pad, and watch what happens. First one to lose all HP, or forfeits the match loses.
Other spaces are stores where you buy/trade items, towns where you can stay the night, management spaces where you manage the money in any towns you have under you control, and the castle where you can change your job or appearance.
The game is over when all the towns have been saved and several main tasks have been performed. Here, the game declares a winner.
But don't expect that anytime soon; games can go on for hours as you build your character up to fighting fit form.
Also, the board is divided up into sections, some with easy monsters and some with hard monsters. It's not easy to determine which is which. Go off on a wrong path, and your hero will get killed. The AI doesn't have this problem and can get off to a unfair start.
The game can get unbalanced very easily. If you get behind, it's real tough to make up ground; the other players can beat you into the ground and any towns you want to save are guarded by monsters that will beat you into the ground.
The biggest strength/weakness is that this game should be played multiplayer only. Get a few friends and you'll have a great time with Dokapon Kingdom. It's no fun going at it solo.
Rent Dokapon Kingdom and give it a try - with a few pals.
posted by Kenross (HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) Oct 21, 2008
Member since Jan 2005
4 out of 10 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
Game is predestined.
The game seems against you.
It had the makings of a very good game. At first glance luck determines everything but as you play you will find ways to move exactly as far as you need. It looks like a solid game but has some strange coincidences and outright cheating computer tactics.
Do not Ever play with a computer. Me and my friend were playing and trying to work cooperatively and were about 10 levels ahead of the comp. Then by one fight the comp gained 10 levels... I think this ruined the game. Even though a player can jump in the computers shoes and he will not be left behind it still feels like being stabbed in the back by the game creator.
Other such occasions like not getting the exact number you need to go to a destination or a sudden "miss" when attacking seem to tip odds in the comps favor.
Like i said before this game seems luck and skill based. It is not. You would like the believe that you got that great item because you pushed A at the right time, but it is kind of rigged. If you save the game and play some then load game. The exact same thing will happen, same roll, same loot, same cards, it is uncanny. The game seems predestined.
Once i moved to a square and got the bad guy who takes half your money (at least) then we loaded game because we thought that was a bit unfair. after loading i went to another space of the same type, the same thing happened. In other words you can not dodge fate if you do not have items. I used a crystal to go to a space to get an item and dodged the bad guy. Anyway i have droned on long enough.
Again i really wanted this game to be great but it just missed. By adding chance to all things or maybe skill by when you push A it begins to stop. Just some kind of player involvement would have made this game really good. The fact that its predestined takes all the fun out. To bad.
posted by Talon787 (HAMILTON, AL) Mar 4, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
1 out of 8 gamers (12%) found this review helpful
I have a 8yr daughter and she and I were playing this the first night this was her first console game so I was up like 6lv's and had the best gear you could on the first stage of the board game she lands on my space and duels me and kills me with one hit lol
See the first person to att. is random all chance.
I did not care for this game and I really wanted to I gave the game about a 2 day chance but felt like the game was going no wear.
posted by Geordanpetrotta (IDABEL, OK) Mar 30, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
Competitive chaos with no hope
posted by palumatzu (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Jan 18, 2013
Member since Feb 2011
Neat game, but not very fun
posted by MichaelO (PITTSBURGH, PA) Jun 14, 2012
Member since Sep 2010
Unfortunately, this game is undone by all of the details. There is too much randomness and chaos in the game, the battle system is not fair or well-balanced, and the game is extremely confusing and somewhat aimless when you are getting started. The rock/paper/scissors style battles are not a suitable battle system for an RPG, the random chance of who acts first in a battle or what numbers you roll can make a huge difference in the game, and good luck figuring out any of the game's details and nuances without using an online guide of some kind. I really wanted to like this game, but instead I found it frustrating, confusing, and unpredictable.
In addition, it's worth noting that the game is much more fun with more than one player. The one player game is simply the multi-player game with AIs controlling the other player(s). At least if you are playing with other humans, you can enjoy the ups and downs, enjoy harassing and pranking your friend's character, and maybe even enjoy when you are undone by a frustrating bit of random chance. Against an AI, none of these things are very fun, and the game falls especially flat.
If you've got 1-3 RPG lovers who'll dedicate some time playing with you, if you really love board games, or if you love to see something unique and different, this might be worth a rent, but otherwise I'd skip it.
Excellent and fun!
posted by Access (IONIA, MI) Feb 26, 2012
Member since Sep 2008
It's a cute game to play with younger family members (or to let them play alone).
It's sort of like a Turn-Based RPG (similar to Heroes of Might & Magic etc.) where each player takes turns moving. You can also equip items along the way which will help protect your character and also do more damage, etc. It lets you choose from 3 different classes (jobs) which offer different levels of fun, although the Thief class is my favorite since you steal items from other players as you pass them on the board.
The game allows for some really fun PvP combat in which you have the options of taking things from the loser, renaming their character (LOL can be funny!), or even changing their appearance!
The only draw back I would say is that there are certain instances where you have to land on a specific location in order to actually use it (entrance to a cave, etc.), which can be very annoying.
I would say more but playing the game and finding out all of the hidden extras is 1/2 the fun!
Definitely worth renting, and buying if you want to learn RPG games (simple interface) or have young ones that like playing board games (very similar to Mario Party 8, Pac-Man Party, etc.).
posted by titusdeuce (FRESNO, CA) Feb 13, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
Fun... until you hit you start losing.
posted by penguinpaladin (FAIRBORN, OH) May 16, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
BEST GAME EVER!
posted by DudeLove (CEDAR CITY, UT) Sep 14, 2010
Member since Sep 2010
posted by tomkarl (HAMILTON, MT) Mar 15, 2010
Member since Mar 2009
A Lot of Potential but Too Much Wait Time
posted by RamCow (HONOLULU, HI) Jan 26, 2010
Member since Aug 2007
The only problem is you don't spend much time on gameplay. Bulk of the game is spent waiting for either another player or for the computer players to act. It gets very frustrating and if you're playing with more than one other computer or other player, over half your time is spent just sitting there.
I suppose that's a consequence of the board game style of play but I found the long wait times to be unbearable.
An Okay Game
posted by epictunes (BATON ROUGE, LA) Jan 2, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
posted by Johnnyprod (WILMINGTON, DE) Aug 25, 2009
Member since Apr 2009
Fun with other people.
posted by MattMims (KERSHAW, SC) Feb 23, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
Multiplayer Board Game with D&D Theme
posted by Owlpete (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) Jan 13, 2009
Member since Nov 2008
If you're looking for an RPG, this is more like the old "Dungeon" board game than it is an RPG. It's probably moe fun for multiple human players than it is just one person vs. the computer.
posted by wuvuvu (AVA, MO) Jan 3, 2009
Member since Sep 2008
Computers are quite annoying. If they beat you once it's "Ha ha in your face!" Seriously, the computers comment. In the beginning, they're in last place: they whine and complain as though its the end of the world. It's like playing with a human that is both a sore winner and loser.
You aren't limited to three basic classes. As you master classes you gain more. You are guaranteed one new class for mastering any one of the first three you're given. If you want more options: master more classes.
Story mode is dragged out depending upon how you play. You can play to help your stats, which could pay off in the long run, or you can just go after reclaiming as many towns as you can. Just remember: being in last place for awhile doesn't mean you've lost the game for good. I was in last place for quite some time in a game with my fiancee and sibling and suddenly the positions are flip flopped, I am now leading the game.
The other modes are alright but I think I prefer story mode over them.
Character customization is interesting. You get a choice of around eight colors to be. Male or female. Now where it matters: the characters face. Each face carries a different personality. It's not just looks you play with it's also the way they react when winning and leveling.
The game is also revolving around the game "Rock, paper, scissors." So occasionally it gets a little tricky facing human players. While they attack monsters one way, they'll treat you like something totally different...which in this case you are, aren't you? Do your best to predict what you're opponent will do.
This game is best played with human players. Computers are just annoying. So if you're a lone kid or live alone I advise inviting a couple of friends over to play with you.
Overall we really enjoy the game. It does take some thinking sometimes, to insure your survival. We all agree and advise playing casually, for fun, especially if you hate losing.
Entertaining as a multiplayer
posted by jdsampson (APACHE JUNCTION, AZ) Jan 2, 2009
Member since Sep 2007
Best multyplayer ive ever played
posted by gamerman11 (MAPLE GROVE, MN) Nov 8, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
A Party Game that's Fun!
posted by Precisi (MARQUETTE, MI) Nov 4, 2008
Member since May 2007
It's cute, but not so kidsy that it feels like it's aimed only at children. My husband and I have put in around nine hours on a game we're playing together, and we have a game with another couple that we're working at weekly.